Gaitanismo, Left Liberalism, and Popular Mobilization in Colombia / Edition 1

Gaitanismo, Left Liberalism, and Popular Mobilization in Colombia / Edition 1

by William John Green
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813025982

ISBN-13: 9780813025988

Pub. Date: 04/28/2003

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, Colombia's leftist political leader from 1928 until his assassination in 1948, gave rise to the country's liberal populist movement, Gaitanismo. His leadership and his assassination, followed by the brutal suppression of the movement and its followers, sparked the civil war, or La Violencia, and the violent political process that continues

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Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, Colombia's leftist political leader from 1928 until his assassination in 1948, gave rise to the country's liberal populist movement, Gaitanismo. His leadership and his assassination, followed by the brutal suppression of the movement and its followers, sparked the civil war, or La Violencia, and the violent political process that continues throughout Colombia today.

Using previously unexamined letters by Gaitan and his followers, W. John Green chronicles the rise of Gaitanismo and the reasons for its initial success and ultimate failure. Grounded in the rich correspondence between Gaitan and his supporters, interviews, and the vibrant Gaitanista press, this work focuses on the dynamics of popular political mobilization. It delves into the movement's left-Liberal ideological roots and examines the Gaitanistas' obsession with democracy and social justice.

Green provides an insightful portrait of Gaitan as a labor lawyer, deeply connected to the pueblo, who was more the symbol for the movement than the cause. He illuminates the connection between Gaitanismo/La Violencia and the continuing popular violence in Colombia, the distinctions between populism in Latin America and European fascism, Gaitanismo's development into a multi-class movement that superseded gender, race, and regionalism, and the maintenance of Colombia's long-standing formal democracy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813025988
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
04/28/2003
Edition description:
First
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Populism, Popular Agency, Hegemony, and Gaitanismo1
1Popular Mobilization and the Left-Liberal Tradition in Colombia14
2Genesis of a Left-Liberal Caudillo46
3Early Mobilizations: Gaitan, the Liberal Party, and UNIR, 1928-193565
4The Lopista Interlude: Revolucion en Marcha, Pause, and Crisis, 1934-194685
5The Pueblo: Gender, Race, and Class in the Liberal Republic, 1930-1946111
6The Moral and Democratic Challenge: Oligarchic Political Practice and Gaitanismo, 1944-1946159
7Collective Vibrations: The Ideologies of Gaitanismo203
8The Dilemmas of Liberal Integration in the Twilight of Politics, 1946-1948233
Epilogue and Conclusion: Gaitanismo, la Violencia, and Colombia's Enduring Predicament260
Notes271
Bibliography331
Index349

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